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Washington Officer's Arrest of Teen Followed Policy

Two Kirkland, WA, police officers followed department policies and procedures when they roughly arrested a fleeing 14-year-old suspect in a YMCA teen center, according to a final report following an investigation of the arrest.

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Baltimore PD to Enact Reforms in 2020, Despite Delays

City and police leaders say Baltimore residents should start to see the Police Department’s consent decree reforms on the street for the first time in 2020, but many key initiatives are delayed as well.

Houston PD Policy Will Allow Officers to Grow Beards

Two years after loosening up the department's tattoo regulations, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced that officers will be allowed to grow beards.

Indiana Agency's Policy Mandates Random Inspection of Officers' Body Camera Footage

The new requirements call for sergeants to randomly sample at least five videos each month from officers they supervise, and to review at least 15 minutes of footage from each subordinate three or more times per year.

Wyoming Officer Alleges Pregnancy Cost Her Promotion

A police officer in Wyoming has filed a lawsuit claiming she was denied a chance at promotion because her high-risk pregnancy prevented her from taking a physical test on the date it was given.

Things to Consider Before Buying Drones for Your Agency

Unmanned aircraft systems offer many benefits to law enforcement agencies but only if properly trained personnel are using the right tools for the job and best practices are followed.

CALEA Introduces Policy Resource Library to Support Agencies Seeking Accreditation

Available through PowerDMS, CALEA's exclusive Policy Resource Library is designed to help public safety agencies create and share dynamic policies to meet their unique challenges.

Missouri Police Board Votes to Seek Independent Review of Police Department

Less than a week after a jury awarded $19 million to an officer in a discrimination lawsuit alleging that the agency passed him over for promotion because he is homosexual, the St. Louis County Police Board voted unanimously to seek an independent review of the agency.

Pennsylvania Police Union Loses in Fight Over Tattoos

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police lost in its bid to defend officers who have visible tattoos that some might construe as offensive following an incident in which an officer was seen in a short-sleeve uniform shirt revealing a tattoo some argued was a Nazi symbol.

(Video) Benefits of Showing Respect During Police Contacts

Sgt. Steve Fish of the Racine (WI) Police Department discusses how officers can get more out of a variety of contacts—with offenders, witnesses, or the general public—by simply showing some respect.